Giants sign ear-biting catcher Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

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The last we heard from Miguel Olivo around these parts, he was being released from the Dodgers after biting off a chunk of Alex Guerrero‘s ear during a nasty dugout brawl at Triple-A Albuquerque. That was in early-2014.

Olivo spent the 2015 season with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and performed quite well, slashing .281/.347/.472 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 90 games. The veteran catcher, never known for his speed, even stole 13 bases.

Now he is back with an MLB affiliate.

Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that Olivo has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He’ll presumably open the 2016 campaign at Triple-A Sacramento, where he will operate as organizational depth at the catcher position. It’s doubtful he’ll get the call up at any point.

Olivo, 37, stands as a .240/.275/.417 career hitter in 1,124 major league games.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.